Roederer Estate Brut

Anderson Valley, California, United States

Vintage: Multi-Vintage (Current)

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Roederer Estate Brut multi-vintage

Reviews

Wine & Spirits

92 Points, Best Buy

August 2018

“As fresh as crunchy apples in the fall, this wine opens to beautiful richness with air. There’s toasty character from the lees aging and brighter notes of red fruit, hinting at raspberries. A clean sparkler with impressive flavor depth, this serves equally well as a refreshing aperitif or a substantial dinner partner with seafood sausage.”

Wine Spectator

93 Points

May 16, 2018, Tim Fish

“Seamless and silky, showing an almost effortless sense of complexity, with notes of lemon and pear paired with toasty brioche, fresh ginger and hazelnut details. Drink now.”

Wine Spectator

91 Points, Editors Recommend

January 31, 2016, Alison Napjus

“More than 30 years ago, France’s Champagne Louis Roederer established this California outpost, and today chef de cave Arnaud Weyrich produces this rich and aromatic Chardonnay dominated blend entirely from estate fruit.”

Wine Spectator

91 Points, Critic’s Choice

January 30, 2016, MaryAnn Worobiec

“This is my go-to bubbly, made by one of my favorite—and one of California’s most consistent—sparkling wine producers. More and more I’ve been gravitating to sparkling wine, taking full advantage of its food-friendly nature and celebratory vibe. I’ve grabbed this wine as a hostess gift, served it when friends came over for brunch, and popped it open simply to enjoy with popcorn and a movie on the couch.”

Wine Enthusiast

92 Points, Editors’ Choice

November 19, 2015, Jim Gordon

“The fruit flavors are apparent, fresh and lively in this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced brut. Light pear and pineapple aromas are followed by richer pear and citrus flavors, and subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch emerge.”

Wine Spectator

91 Points, Smart Buy

October 7, 2015, Tim Fish

“Sleek and charming, with yeasty apple torte and floral cherry aromas and rich, crisp flavors of lemon curd, spicy vanilla and fresh ginger. Drink now.”

Wine Spectator

90 Points, SPARKLING-BEST VALUE

June 15, 2015, Tim Fish

“Floral raspberry and apple pie aromas lead to crisp, focused lemon, anise and spicy raspberry flavors that finish on a fresh mineral note. Drink now.”

Overview

Founded in 1981, Roederer Estate is nestled in Mendocino County’s fog-shrouded, Anderson Valley. As the California property of Champagne Louis Roederer, Roederer Estate builds upon a centuries-old tradition of fine winemaking. The premium grape growing region's proximity to the ocean gives rise to a gentle cycle of warm days and cool nights, allowing grapes to mature slowly on the vine and develop full varietal character. Among the very few California sparkling wine houses that only sources estate-grown fruit, Roederer Estate is also meticulous about all its farming decisions. The winemaking process begins with in-depth knowledge of the Estate soils to introduce open lyre trellis system or high density plantation, extends to the decision to farm vineyards organically and biodynamically, and finishes by painstakingly tracking grape maturity to achieve perfect balance at harvest.

Winemaking

Roederer Estate’s winemaking style is based on two elements: ownership of its own vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year’s blend or cuvée. All the grapes for the Anderson Valley wines are grown on the Estate. Oak-aged wines from the Estate’s reserve cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvée in the traditional Louis Roederer style. Only the cuvée (first pressing of 120 gallons/ton) is used; no premiere or deuxieme taille. The fermentation takes place in high-grade stainless steel tanks at 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Zero to minimal malolactic fermentation is used in order to ensure the wines age well and retain the fresh, precise and well-defined style that is one of the characteristics of Roederer Estate wines.

Tasting Notes

The Roederer Estate Brut is crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavors. It is fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavor.

Technical Information

Varietals: Approximately 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir

Wine Alcohol: 12.4%

pH: 3.1

Residual Sugar: 1.2%

Aging: Aged a minimum of two years on the yeast

Cases Produced: 80,000 – 9 Litre cases

Suggested Retail Price: $23.99